For the course Big History (taking history a little further back than just written history) I have been reading up on Lovelock’s Gaia Theory. Despite the existing criticism on that theory it still made me wonder… Given that life on Earth seems to exists for at least 3 billion years and that it is increasing in complexity (Fred Spier). Also given that to increase this complexity the biosphere has made an uncountable large number of optimisation attempts in this period, most of which we have no knowledge about. It occurred to me that as our human history is nothing on the scale of this process, we as species must be just such an attempt. Now that puts doing the almost biweekly laundry in a completely different perspective.